Long story short: SuBLime is a new BL imprint formed by a partnership between VIZ Media, Animate, and Libre Shuppan (yes — that Libre Shuppan). The goal of SuBLime is release English-language BL manga as graphic novels and digital downloads as close as possible to their Japanese release dates.
SuBLime also puts an emphasis on providing international access to their releases, in contrast to similar digital publishing labels like JManga and Square Enix Manga who are limited to North American users. Digital releases will become available beginning in December 2011, and print releases to follow six months later.
Aside from the international access (which is a huge deal for Philippine BL fans, owing to the prohibitive pricing of books on the local market — digital downloads will be priced at less than half the current rates at your favorite brick-and-mortar store!), another reason to support SuBLime releases is the fact that the digital downloads will be served as save-anywhere, read-anytime PDF files on your laptop, tablet, or phone.
The company is placing an unprecedented level of trust and responsibility on their market, relying on us readers to police our own ranks to help curb piracy in the form of illegal sharing of the PDF files. I hope that this — paired with competitive pricing and open access, encourages Filipino BL fans to start purchasing books legitimately, instead of relying solely on illegal downloads.
So, fellow Filipino fujoshi — any thoughts?